BMW to close MINI plant for one month immediately after Brexit7 October, 2018
MINI confirms shut down “to minimise the risk of any possible short-term parts-supply disruption in the event of a no-deal Brexit”
BMW is to close its MINI factory near Oxford the day after the UK leaves the EU. The move is said to be part of the company’s “planned annual maintenance”, but is being timed to coincide with Brexit to minimise short-term delays related to parts supply issues.
The company explained that “planned annual maintenance periods at BMW Group production sites allow essential updating and equipment replacement to be completed over several weeks, while there is no production taking place” but added that, “we have scheduled next year’s annual maintenance period at MINI Plant Oxford to start on 1 April, when the UK exits the EU, to minimise the risk of any possible short-term parts-supply disruption in the event of a no-deal Brexit.”
The spokesperson explained that “while we believe this worst case scenario is an unlikely outcome, we have to plan for it.”
BMW also said it remains “committed to our operations in Britain, which is the only country in the world where we manufacture for all three of our automotive brands.”
BMW recently confirmed it had developed a task force to plan for a no-deal Brexit, while Jaguar Land Rover confirmed only this week it was putting staff at its Castle Bromwich plant on a three-day week due to “headwinds impacting the car industry”.